March 2016

A Message from Jane

I always think of the soaring kites of my childhood when I think of gusty March days. Now, great recycling success stories make my spirits soar.
In this issue, you’ll find: Best,
Jane Hiller
Education Director, Sonoco Recycling

It’s a wrap: Where to recycle plastic wrap and bags

Plastic Bags are a huge problem when put in curbside carts because they can jam and break machines. So the Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP)  has set a goal to double plastic film recycling — reaching about 2 billion pounds — by 2020. This partnership involves states, municipalities, major brands (including Dow, SC Johnson and Procter & Gamble), retailers, and nonprofits such as the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and works to increase awareness of opportunities to recycle plastic wraps at more than 18,000 participating stores across the U.S. Read more about this and other initiatives to increase plastic recycling.

The year the Super Bowl went green

This year, the NFL expanded its environmental program, which already involved basic recycling, to include food donations, green energy purchase, and tree planting. Though the NFL admits that these efforts don’t completely negate the Super Bowl’s impact on the environment, it does make a difference, the St. Petersburg Times reports.

The Body Shop will soon be recycling…AIR POLLUTION!

The Body Shop has a new initiative: packaging made from greenhouse gases collected from farms and natural gas refineries. According to the Huffington Post, “By 2020, the new packaging should reduce the company's use of plastics made from oil by 70 percent.” Read more

Did you know…

Sonoco Recycling annually collects more than 3 million tons of old corrugated containers, and various grades of paper, metals and plastics. In addition, the Company has experts who provide secure, reliable and innovative recycling solutions to residential and commercial customers. Currently, Sonoco Recycling operates four material recovery facilities (MRFs) serving more than 125 communities in which curbside-collected residential as well as commercial materials are processed. The Company also operates recycling programs, which identify waste reduction opportunities that reduce operating expenses for many of the largest consumer product companies in the United States. 

Recycling savings can add up! 

Making good decisions is rewarding! Lexington Medical Center has documented an average savings of $15,000-$20,000 per year in waste services by recycling. 

Congratulations to Keep the Midlands Beautiful!

Keep the Midlands Beautiful received the 2015 Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award recognition at Keep America Beautiful’s recent National Conference in Orlando, Florida. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit in creating clean, green and beautiful communities. Learn more at

Pictured: Jacq Buck ED Keep the Midlands Beautiful & Jennifer Jehn CEO Keep America Beautiful.

Save the Date: Earth Day

We hope you will mark your calendars to participate in these upcoming Earth Day Events:
April 1-May 13
Annual Keep the Midlands Beautiful Used Shoe Collection

Ask your family, friends, neighbors, congregation for shoes they are no longer wearing. Any style of gently worn shoes is accepted. Shoes are being recycled, staying out landfills, and helping bring in income for impoverished families.
Learn more (PDF).
April 9
Electronic and Household Hazardous Waste Collection, Paper Shredding, Gently Used Shoe Collection

9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church (5503 Sunset Blvd, Lexington)
April 23
Compost Sale with Compost Bin Pre-Order Pickup

9am-12pm, Red Bank Crossing. 
Compost bins should be pre-ordered; only a limited supply will be available for purchase at the event.
Sonoco Sonoco Recycling is a proud member of the Sonoco Family, a global provider of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging and packaging supply chain services.
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